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Links for 2017-01-30

Google – Site Reliability Engineering The Google SRE book is now online, for free (tags: sre google ops books reading) A server with 24 years of uptime wow. Stratus fault-tolerant systems ftw. ‘This is a fault tolerant server, which means that hardware components are redundant. Over the years, disk drives, power supplies and some other […]

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Links for 2017-01-27

Buzz Aldrin’s travel expense claim form for Apollo 11 a mere $33.31 (tags: expenses apollo-11 buzz-aldrin funny forms) An energy drink that contained radium was actually a thing in the 1920s People who enjoy playing the cult post-apocalyptic game franchise Fallout are surely familiar with “Nuka Cola”. For those who don’t know, Nuka-Cola is a […]

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Links for 2017-01-26

Trump Tracker: All the Executive Orders Issued by the President what is it, day 5? what an amazing shitshow (tags: trump us-politics executive-orders tpp law)

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Links for 2017-01-25

The Rise of the Data Engineer Interesting article proposing a new discipline, focused on the data warehouse, from Maxime Beauchemin (creator and main committer on Apache Airflow and Airbnb’s Superset) (tags: data-engineering engineering coding data big-data airbnb maxime-beauchemin data-warehouse)

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Links for 2017-01-24

Sankey diagram – Wikipedia ‘a specific type of flow diagram, in which the width of the arrows is shown proportionally to the flow quantity. Sankey diagrams put a visual emphasis on the major transfers or flows within a system. They are helpful in locating dominant contributions to an overall flow. Often, Sankey diagrams show conserved […]

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Links for 2017-01-18

NetGuard Excellent network monitor app for Android, comes recommended by @redacted in the ITC Slack. Inserts itself as a VPN to capture traffic, and looks like it should work well. Supports ad blocking using a hosts file. (tags: android ad-blocking ads netguard apps)

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Links for 2017-01-17

‘Rules of Machine Learning: Best Practices for ML Engineering’ from Martin Zinkevich ‘This document is intended to help those with a basic knowledge of machine learning get the benefit of best practices in machine learning from around Google. It presents a style for machine learning, similar to the Google C++ Style Guide and other popular […]

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Links for 2017-01-16

Apple ][ copy protections Amazing how similar the Commodore 64 techniques were! (tags: commodore-64 apple-ii history copy-protection assembly)

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Links for 2017-01-13

OK, Bear With Me: What If Mario And Wario Are The Same Guy? this is great (tags: silly theories mario nintendo wario kotaku games gaming)

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Links for 2017-01-12

Facebook is censoring posts in Thailand that the government has deemed unsuitable | TechCrunch Dictator-friendly censorship tools? no probs! (tags: facebook censorship royalty thailand politics) Who killed the curry house? | Bee Wilson | Life and style | The Guardian This is fascinating, re “authenticity” of food: The objection that curry house food was inauthentic […]

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Links for 2017-01-11

How a Machine Learns Prejudice – Scientific American Agreed, this is a big issue. If artificial intelligence takes over our lives, it probably won’t involve humans battling an army of robots that relentlessly apply Spock-like logic as they physically enslave us. Instead, the machine-learning algorithms that already let AI programs recommend a movie you’d like […]

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Links for 2017-01-10

Final Fantasy 7: An oral history Pretty amazing, particularly for this revelation: Tetsuya Nomura (Character and battle visual director, Square Japan): OK, so maybe I did kill Aerith. But if I hadn’t stopped you, in the second half of the game, you were planning to kill everyone off but the final three characters the player […]

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Links for 2017-01-09

Sanrio Introduces Rage-Filled Red Panda Character Aggretsuko wut: If you’ve always loved Hello Kitty but wish she also came with a deep well of rage, Sanrio has introduced just the character for you: Aggretsuko. An adorable 25-year-old red panda who works as an office associate, Aggretsuko is constantly taken advantage of and bothered by her […]

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Links for 2017-01-08

PagerDuty Incident Response Documentation This documentation covers parts of the PagerDuty Incident Response process. It is a cut-down version of our internal documentation, used at PagerDuty for any major incidents, and to prepare new employees for on-call responsibilities. It provides information not only on preparing for an incident, but also what to do during and […]

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Links for 2017-01-07

Hacking the Attention Economy Can’t help feeling danah boyd is hitting the nail on the head here: The Internet has long been used for gaslighting, and trolls have long targeted adversaries. What has shifted recently is the scale of the operation, the coordination of the attacks, and the strategic agenda of some of the players. […]

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Links for 2017-01-04

Raising the Roof: Comments on the recent Newgrange ‘roof-box’ controversy Instead of discussing recent site visits or photographs we’ll be looking at a recent controversy sparked by comments about the reconstruction of Newgrange and, in particular, three claims made in the media by an Irish archaeologist; 1. That the “roof-box” at Newgrange may not be an […]

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Links for 2017-01-03

How and why the leap second affected Cloudflare DNS The root cause of the bug that affected our DNS service was the belief that time cannot go backwards. In our case, some code assumed that the difference between two times would always be, at worst, zero. RRDNS is written in Go and uses Go’s time.Now() […]

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Links for 2016-12-23

BLIND’s work on UIs for Rogue One beautifully retro to match Episode 4 (tags: star-wars rogue-one ui design graphics via:jk)

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Links for 2016-12-20

AWS re:Invent 2016: Lessons Learned from a Year of Using Spot Fleet (CMP205) – YouTube Yelp talk about their Spot Fleet price optimization autoscaler app, FleetMiser (tags: yelp scaling aws spot-fleet ops spot-instances money)

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Links for 2016-12-16

4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer Good tips: use the same SSID for all radios; deal with congestion with more APs using less power; don’t use “Wide” channels on 2.4Ghz; and place antennae perpendicular to each other. (tags: wifi 2.4ghz 5ghz networking hardware macs apple tips)

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Links for 2016-12-15

The hidden cost of QUIC and TOU The recent movement to get all traffic encrypted has of course been great for the Internet. But the use of encryption in these protocols is different than in TLS. In TLS, the goal was to ensure the privacy and integrity of the payload. It’s almost axiomatic that third […]

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Links for 2016-12-14

Slicer: Auto-sharding for datacenter applications Paper from Google describing one of their internal building block services: A general purpose sharding service. I normally think of sharding as something that happens within a (typically data) service, not as a general purpose infrastructure service. What exactly is Slicer then? It has two key components: a data plane that […]

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Links for 2016-12-13

Did the Russians “hack” the election? A look at the established facts | Ars Technica solid roundup. There’s a whole lot of evidence pointing Russia’s way, basically (tags: usa russia hacking politics security us-politics trump)

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Links for 2016-12-12

Booking.com, MySQL and UTF-8 good preso from Percona Live 2015 on the messiness of MySQL vs UTF-8 and utf8mb4 (tags: utf-8 utf8mb4 mysql storage databases slides booking.com character-sets) tdunning/t-digest A new data structure for accurate on-line accumulation of rank-based statistics such as quantiles and trimmed means. The t-digest algorithm is also very parallel friendly making […]

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Links for 2016-12-07

How Putin’s cronies seized control of VKontakte via Pinboard. grim (tags: putin russia vk vkontacte social-media politics censorship totalitarianism)

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Links for 2016-12-06

Ask HN: Best current model routers for OpenWRT, DD-WRT, Tomato, etc.? good hardware recommendations (tags: routers hardware wifi ap)

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Links for 2016-12-05

A Yale history professor’s 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency — Quartz Good advice — let’s hope it doesn’t come to this. Example: ’17. Watch out for the paramilitaries: When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and […]

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Links for 2016-12-03

Hi-tech caves bring prehistoric Sistine chapel back to life ooh, Lascaux 4 is finally opening: St-Cyr added: “It’s impossible for anyone to see the original now, but this is the next best thing. What is lost in not having the real thing is balanced by the fact people can see so much more of the […]

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Links for 2016-12-02

Contactless credit cards vulnerable to a range of scams Johanson said it’s possible to use an RFID “gate antenna” — two electronic readers spanning a doorway, similar to the anti-theft gates in retail stores — to scan the credit cards of people passing through.  With enough high-powered gates installed at key doorways in a city or across the […]

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Links for 2016-11-30

Developer Preview – EC2 Instances (F1) with Programmable Hardware this is frankly amazing. Elastic FPGAs! (tags: fpga hardware coding aws ec2) HiFime Sabre 9018 USB DAC USB DAC strongly recommended by Soren Ragsdale — EUR66 (tags: usb dac music audio hardware recommendations tips toget)

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Links for 2016-11-29

Trump’s lies have a purpose. They are an assault on democracy Donald Trump’s media strategy as a form of Surkovian control via post-truth ‘destabilised perception’, through deliberate flooding with fake news: By attacking the very notion of shared reality, the president-elect is making normal democratic politics impossible. When the truth is little more than an […]

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Links for 2016-11-28

PayWave & PayPass deletion via RFID antenna kill remove RFID from a payment card with a single drilled hole (tags: rfid banking cards debit-cards credit-cards) Fast Forward Labs: Probabilistic Data Structure Showdown: Cuckoo Filters vs. Bloom Filters Nice comparison of a counting Bloom filter and a Cuckoo Filter, implemented in Python: This post provides an update […]

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Links for 2016-11-24

We planned for Brexit at Football Manager. So why did no one else? | Miles Jacobson | Opinion | The Guardian Football Manager includes what is effectively a parallel universe, so they modelled the effects of Brexit on the UK Premier League: ‘In my own current “save”, Brexit kicked in at the end of season […]

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Links for 2016-11-22

Syscall Auditing at Scale auditd -> go-audit -> elasticsearch at Slack (tags: elasticsearch auditd syscalls auditing ops slack) Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking Eir ship vulnerable firmware images AGAIN. ffs (tags: eircom eir fail firmware security zyxel d1000 tr-064) “Solving Imaginary Scaling Issues” … “At Scale” […]

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Links for 2016-11-21

Dynamically Scale Applications on Amazon EMR with Auto Scaling good call — new EMR feature (tags: emr scaling autoscaling asg aws ops) [email protected] – Time Travel and the TARDIS LMAX’ approach to acceptance/system-testing time-dependent code. We are doing something similar in Swrve too, so finding that LMAX have taken a similar approach is a great […]

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Links for 2016-11-18

Simple Queue Service FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing & Deduplication great, I’ve looked for this so many times. Only tricky limit I can spot is the 300 tps limit, and it’s US-East/US-West only for now (tags: fifo queues queueing architecture aws sqs) “Get In Control Of Your Workflows With Airflow” good intro to Airflow usage […]

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Links for 2016-11-17

Julia Evans reverse engineers Skyliner.io simple usage of Docker, blue/green deploys, and AWS ALBs (tags: docker alb aws ec2 blue-green-deploys deployment ops tools skyliner via:jgilbert) IPBill ICRs are the perfect material for 21st-century blackmail ICRs are the perfect material for blackmail, which makes them valuable in a way that traditional telephone records are not. And […]

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Links for 2016-11-16

Docklands Print Commission 2016: Colin Martin I love Colin’s work. just may spring for this one (tags: colin-martin art prints etchings dublin history vinyl)

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Links for 2016-11-09

Pure Pharmacy a low-cost online vendor in Ireland, recommended by @irldexter on ITS (along with webdoctor.ie): ‘For basic consultations I halved the cost €55 to engage a GP with https://www.webdoctor.ie/ down to €25 (for limited domains) and after paying €8.48 and €9.48 respectively for a Ventolin inhaler, I now get them for €3.50 at http://www.purepharmacy.ie/ […]

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Links for 2016-11-08

Rents dwarf Celtic Tiger era with ‘disastrous effect’ on society “The scale of the challenge here remains depressing,” says the report. “It has never been viable to build apartment blocks in the vast majority of this country.” […] The report notes that the rise in living costs of almost three quarters in less than five […]

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